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Saturday, 11 July, 2020

Summoning and charges against Zohreh Asadpour, women’s rights activist

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Human Rights in Iran – On Wednesday, May 20th 2020, after the interrogation process and explaining the charges, branch 10 of the Rasht Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office temporarily released Zohreh Asadpour, a women’s rights activist on bail.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Sunday, May 17th 2020, Zohreh Asadpour, a women’s rights activist residing in Rasht was summoned to branch 10 of the Rasht Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office and charged with “propaganda activities against the regime” and then was temporarily released up to the completion of trial procedures.

As stated, following the explanation of the charge, this women’s rights activist was temporarily released on a bail of 30 million Tomans.

This women’s rights activist was summoned to the mentioned branch on May 16th by the order of the investigator of branch 10 of the Rasht Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office to attend the interrogation session and to be explained about her charge.

In most cases, the extrajudicial and arbitrary detention of citizens and civil activists with vage and trumped-up accusations is in the line of suppression of Freedom of Expression and opinion, which in International Instrument of Human Rights, in Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16th 1966, there is emphasis on not suppressing of the individuals because of Freedom of Expression and opinion. Regarding the Principle of Freedom of Expression, every individual has the right to express his/her opinions and viewpoints in any way possible, without considering border restrictions.

Also the individuals have the right to access a fair trial by an impartial tribunal, as enshrined in international human rights instruments, as well as article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and article 14 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR).

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